Haymarket Affair Digital Collection

Illinois vs. August Spies et al. trial transcript no. 1.
Testimony of E. G. Epler, 1886 July 29.

Volume K, 572-573, 2 p.
Epler, E. G.

Direct examination by Mr. Ingham. Testified on behalf of the Prosecution, People of the State of Illinois.

Dressed Fielden's bullet wound after the Haymarket meeting. Testified on various topics (page numbers provide a partial guide): medical care and wounds (vol.K 572).

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E. G. Epler, a witness called and sworn on behalf of the people was examined in chief by Mr. Ingham and testified as follows:

Q What is your name

A E. G. Epler.

Q You are a physician and surgeon?

A Yes sir.

Q Regularly graduated?

A Yes sir.

Q Practie in this city?

A Yes sir, at 505 S. Canal street.

Q Did you dress any wounds for any one of these defendants?

A I dressed a wound of a man on the night of the 4th of May, wounded in the Haymarket trouble, Mr. Fielden.

Q What time of the night was it you dressed it?

A Along towards midnight between eleven and twelve

Q Where was your office at that time?

A The same place, 505 S. Canal.

Q Tell the jury the location of the wound?

A The wound was on the inside of the left knee joint, about five inches. It was a bullet wound, the ball having passed in underneath the skin, being almost superficial, and passed out again five inches from the joint of entry.

Q What was the location of the wound?

A So far as I remember the wound extended below and back, upwards

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about in that position (indicating).

Q Did you have any conversation with him as to how he reecived the wound?

A I asked him what position he was in when he received the wound.

Q What did he say?

A He said he was crawling on the pavement, trying to get away from the crowd, and the bullet glanced off from the pavement and struck him in that position.

Mr. FOSTER; That is all.

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